NextLevel Online: Revelation

Session 7: A Peculiar Organization of Thought (Structure)

In session 7, we examine linear thinking versus recapitulation and gain some tools for understanding the organizational structure of the book of Revelation.


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Guide
  1. An Unfamiliar Organization of Thoughts

  2. Progression vs. Recapitulation

    • Western/American Minds (Progression)

      • We look at most things linearly.

      • This is how we come to the book of Revelation:

        • PROBLEM: John did not write the book of Revelation from a western perspective.
    • Jewish Minds (Recapitulation)

      • A Jewish mind looks at things cyclically.
      • This is how John wrote the book of Revelation – cyclically.
  3. Defining Recapitulation

    • The definition of recapitulation in literature is: the retelling of the same events from a different perspective with a different purpose commonly involving intensification.
  4. The Structure of Revelation

    • Spiraling into smaller finitude

    • Examples of this type of cyclical progression:

      • The end of the world (Rev. 6:12-17; 11:15-18; 16:17-21; etc.)

      • THUS: Different interpretative keys need to be identified:

        • The seals, trumpets, and bowls.

          • All are a Series of 7—Completion
          • All come to the end of the world
          • All have an interlude between the 6th and 7th element of their series
        • Dialog/Narrative Interruptions

          • Revelation 19:10; 22:8-9
        • Structural Interruption

          • Introduction to the Unholy Trinity

            • Characters

              • Satan (Rev 12:3; cf. Rev 2:9, 10, 13; 3:9)
              • 2 Beasts (Rev 13)
            • Parody ministries with the Holy Trinity


              • Babylon (Rev 14:8)
              • The Church
          • The Collapse of the Unholy Trinity

            • [a] Dragon introduced (Rev 12)

              • [b] Two Beasts introduced (Rev 13)
                • [c] Babylon introduced (Rev 14)

                • [c`] Babylon destroyed (Rev 17-18)

              • [b`] Two Beasts destroyed (Rev 19)
            • [a`] Dragon destroyed (Rev 20)

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